Friday, March 19, 2010


Just as expected, the match of the Royals turned out to be a completely one - sided encounter. Praveen Kumar took a hat-trick, Kumble chipped in with 3 wickets, Kallis with 2 and 40-odd unbeaten runs and Pandey scored another 40-odd unbeaten runs. Kallis has not yet been dismissed in the tournament.


RCB: On a day when Kumble released his book, it was a picturesque performance by his team. Jacques Kallis is on his way to owning both the caps - orange as well as purple. But a 10-wicket win has its drawback: their middle order has not yet been tested properly. Rahul Dravid has not even had a bat yet in the tournament.

RR: As expected, these Royals were no match for the other Royals. RR look weaker and weaker by the day. Yusuf is being targeted with short balls and he is looking genuinely uncomfortable. I wonder who will be signed up as replacement players for Greame Smith and Dimitri Mascarenhas. Whoever they are, they need to be really good to turn things around in the RR camp.


DD v CSK: Both teams are without their regular captains. It's an irony that Karthik will lead DD against a Tamil Nadu-based outfit and Raina will lead CSK against a Northern outfit. Without Dhoni, CSK looks shaky. Hayden will need to click to help Raina have a successful start in his captaincy stint with CSK. DD looks strong, despite the absence of Gautam Gambhir. Who replaces him will be an interesting decision... if Warner comes in, Dilshan is most likely to sit out.

DC v KXIP: Another stadium will be making its IPL debut today - the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack. Sangakkara will be looking to start winning. Their batting clicked against Bangalore, but the bowling allowed a successful chase of a 200+ score. On the other hand, Gilchrist will be looking for his boys to fire in another 'home' fixture. Despite being the defending champions, DC does not look a threatening outfit.

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